WARSAW 37, CONCORD 35
The Warsaw Tiger wrestling team won a Northern Lakes Conference thriller in the Tiger Den on Tuesday night.
The Tigers needed big wins late to hold off the Concord Minutemen and earn a conference victory by a narrow, 37-35 score.
Warsaw picked up wins from Jose Martinez, Andrew Ross, Brock Hogenson, Liam Nolin, Jacob Linky, Brandon Estepp, Brock Hueber and Angel Mendez.
The dual scoring started with Concord and Warsaw trading forfeit wins at 113 and 120. Andrew Ross put Warsaw in front early after pounding out a 13-2 major decision at 126. At 132, Brock Hogenson picked up six takedowns in the first minute before pinning his opponent and putting the Tigers ahead 16-6.
Concord picked up big points at 138 via tech fall, but Liam Nolin’s 4-1 win at 145 prevented the Minutemen from building momentum.
Concord again closed the gap with a pin at 152 and pushed the team score to 19-17.
At 160, Jacob Linky battled to an 8-2 win, and Brandon Estepp followed up with a pin at 170 to move Warsaw’s lead to 28-17.
After Concord gained a pin at 182, Brock Hueber pinned his way to victory at 195. Perhaps the biggest moment of the night came when Angel Mendez won a closely-contested match at 220 to put Warsaw ahead for good at 37-23.
Concord closed the night with a pin at 285 and a forfeit at 106 to set the final margin.
Prior to the start of varsity action, the Tigers picked wins in three of four JV matches. Bryson Brown won by a 3-0 decision, and Mario Cortes and William Loeza each won by pin.
Tuesday’s win puts Warsaw’s varsity at 4-2 in the NLC and 16-4 overall for the season. The Tigers will host Goshen on Thursday for senior night and their final dual of the season.
PENN 39, WAWASEE 25
Wawasee took a 39-25 loss at regional host Penn on Tuesday night.
The Warriors led three times but only briefly — the first time on Garrett Stuckman’d first-period pinfall at 152, the second on a 6-2 Logan Baugh decision at 170 followed by a 5-0 Fernando Hernandez win at 182 and the third and final time via Logan Stuckman’s 15-3 major decision at 106.
Nick Clark picked up a second-period pinfall at heavyweight, and Conner Ratliff eked out an 8-6 win at 145.
The Warriors slipped to 20-5. They’ll host South Bend St. Joseph on Thursday.
Wawasee’s JV earned a 17-11 win Tuesday night. Landedn Dilley won an 18-2 tech fall, Gavine Malone won a 10-0 decision, Tim Shortt was a 15-0 tech fall winner, and Braxton Mast won by first-period pinfall.